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SFFILM Festival

Seeking Mavis Beacon

Directed by Jazmin Renée Jones

USA | Documentary | 103

26 Apr
Fri, Apr 26 at 7:00 pm PT
27 Apr
Sat, Apr 27 at 4:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Jazmin Renée Jones, producer Guetty Felin, associate producer Olivia Ross, cinematographer/editor Yeelen Cohen, and sound recordist/designer Joakim Cohen are expected to attend


What ever happened to Mavis Beacon? That guiding question propels two intrepid electronic sleuths, Jazmin and Olivia, who dive into the cosmos as they hunt for the woman of Haitian descent who became the face of the 1980s-era popular educational software Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. Through dynamic “desktop cinema,” observational footage, and interviews with artists, writers, and software designers, the investigation lifts the veil on how Mavis’s persona came to be. While highlighting ethical questions regarding representation, the film slowly becomes a celebration of glitch art’s legacy as a means for underrepresented people to deconstruct and reclaim notions of Queerness and Racialization. A spellbinding cyberspace adventure, Jazmin Renée Jones’s inquisitive directorial debut expands ideas around feminism and digital selfdom, while also portraying the importance of tender, healing friendship in a complex world.

Director Jazmin Renée Jones

Jazmin Renée Jones began her filmmaking journey while growing up in Fremont when she got involved with a Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) after school program. While studying at the New School, she worked as a producer/editor on music videos and commercials. She later worked for Marie Claire, taking the role of the publication’s entire video department. She makes her feature debut with Seeking Mavis Beacon.

Film Details

Language English, Haitian Creole

Year 2024

Premiere California

Runtime 103

Country USA

Director Jazmin Renée Jones

Executive Producer Tom Quinn, Dan O'Meara, Kate Gondwe

Producer Guetty Felin

Editor Jon Fine, Jazmin Jones, Yeelen Cohen

Cinematographer Yeelen Cohen

Closed Captions Closed Captions are confirmed for this program

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not yet confirmed for this program

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film